Do you want to update your Galaxy Note 2 with a custom ROM for installing the latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS ahead of official release? If so, then you will have to root your phablet first as a custom ROM software can be flashed only on rooted systems. Because of that, and not only, during the present step by step guide I will show you how to root the Galaxy Note 2 N7100 that runs on stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean XXUEMK4 firmware, this being the latest OTA that has been rolled out by Samsung for the Note 2 users.
As you know Google just made available the latest version of Android, the Android 4.4 KitKat platform. Since now only the Nexus branded handsets had received the OTA release of the firmware, while the regular Android based devices will receive the update only next year (the exact date isn’t yet known for sure as the same is depending on each company and carrier). For example, the Galaxy Note 2 is expecting to receive Android 4.4 somewhere during February or March next year; but if you want to test the KitKat platform ahead of official launch then you will probably want to apply a custom ROM firmware.
As mentioned before, in order to do that, root access must be gained previously. Now, the Galaxy Note 2 received the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS, dubbed as XXUEMK4. So, if you want to root your phablet then you will have to root the mentioned software. Luckily for you, during the present tutorial I will show you how to easily do that, this root solution being developed by those of xda-developers – we should thanks them for this guide.
Anyway, the present root solution implies in using Odin for unchaining the system of your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 that runs on stock Android 4.3 XXUEMK4 OS. Odin is an official program, developed and offered by Samsung so you will have no problems in using the same, even though gaining root access isn’t an official task.
Anyway, rooting your Galaxy Note 2 is not only for applying a custom ROM or for updating with an unofficial port of Android 4.4 OS. On a rooted device you can do a lot more as a rooted phone means a phone with an unlocked system. Therefore, by gaining root access you are actually removing the default and factory restrictions out of your Note 2. That’s why, after gaining root access you are capable of removing in built programs, add new features, change in built settings, optimize the performances, customize the looks and so on.
Furthermore, if you choose to root your SGN 2, then you will be able to install a custom recovery image, flash a custom Kernel and also overclock your Android device for improving the speeds of the same. In the same time, you can also undervolt the CPU for upgrading the battery life and play with the capabilities of your phablet. Basically, your Note 2 will become your new playground.
Unfortunately, where are so many advantages, there must be some negative aspects too. If you choose to root your Galaxy Note 2 on Android 4.3 XXUEMK4 firmware, you will also lose the warranty of your device. This is happening because the binary flash counter will be increased. As you can already tell, you can restore the warranty if needed; for achieving that you will have to reset the binary flash: choose between downgrading to stock Android Jelly Bean OS, or wait for Android 4.4 to be released by Samsung. Take note that on a rooted system the OTA released can’t be spotted, so you will have to flash the KitKat OS only manually (by using a guide similar with this one as Odin will be required).
Good, now you know almost everything about the root process. So, if you have decided to complete this step by step guide, then first I recommend you to follow and apply the pre requisites which are being explained below.
- Backup the Galaxy Note 2 data. Even though Odin will be used and it is unlikely to lose your data while rooting via Odin, the best will be to use suitable backup and restore apps from Google Play for storing everything that is important for you.
- Basically, you should save at least the text messages, call logs, contacts list, market apps, internet settings, EFS folder, personal data, info and accounts.
- After backing up the data you have to ensure that you can use a Windows based computer, your handset and its USB cable.
- Use only a Windows powered PC as Odin can be installed only on the same.
- On both computer and phablet deactivate the security protection, including antivirus and Firewall programs; do that because usually these programs are interfering with the root operation.
- If your Note 2 has less than 60% power left you need to plug in the charger; if you choose not to do that, then your handset might get bricked – if it will get turned off in the middle of the root process.
- Enable the USB debugging option on your smartphone because a connection between your computer and device must be established – check the USB debugging option from here: “menu -> settings -> developer options”.
- Use this tutorial only for rooting the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 model number N7100 that runs on official Android 4.3 XXUEMK4 firmware; the steps from below are compatible only with the same so try not to mess things up.
How to Root Galaxy Note 2 N7100 on Android 4.3 XXUEMK4 Firmware
- First of all, download Odin on your computer.
- Then, download Samsung KIES and install the same. Use Samsung KIES for flashing the Galaxy Note 2 drivers on your PC; skip this step in case the drivers are already there.
- Finally, download the root package from here.
- Save these files on your computer.
- Now, unzip the root package on desktop.
- Also, unzip Odin and install the program on your PC.
- In the end run Odin.
- Turn off your Note 2 and try to enter download mode.
- For download mode press and hold volume down, home and power buttons at the same time.
- With the handset booted in download mode, connect your phablet with your computer (where Odin should be running).
- Use the USB cable for establishing the connection.
- Odin will try to recognize your device; if everything is working as expected, on Odin you should see the “added” message displayed while the ID:COM section will be either yellow or blue.
- If not, I recommend you to reinstall the Note 2 drivers on the computer; then retry the steps from above.
- From Odin now you have to click on “PDA”.
- Then select the root package from desktop.
- Don’t make any other changes on Odin – the re partition and f. reset time sections should be unchecked.
- On Odin click on “start”.
- The root process will begin.
- You will know when you are done, as on Odin the “pass” message will be displayed and the ID:COM section will turn green.
- Unplug the USB cord and reboot your device.
If Odin gets stuck while you are trying to complete the steps from the root tutorial, you need to: close the program; remove the USB cable; force restart your smartphone; reinstall the drivers on your notebook or PC; reboot your SGSN 2 in download model; run Odin and your computer; repeat the steps from the proper guide.
On the other hands, if in the end your Note 2 gets stuck in a boot loop you need to: reboot into recovery mode (press and hold volume up, home and power buttons at the same time); from recovery select “wipe data factory reset”; also choose “wipe cache partition”; return to main menu of recovery and pick “reboot system now”.
If you have experienced other issues, try to resolve the same by using our dedicated tutorial on that matter: “how to resolve the most common Android issues”.
So, there you have it; that was the how to procedure to use when looking into rooting your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 on stock Android 4.3 XXUEMK4 firmware. Now, you can easily install a custom recovery image on your handset (CWM or TWRP recovery for example) and then you can update to unofficial Android 4.4 KitKat OS. Don’t forget about us, and use the comments area from below for sharing your experience with our team; if there are problems we will try to assist you as soon as possible.